ESP’s team of sports medicine experts, physical therapists, and massage therapists specialize in alternative treatments that target specific elements of tension and pain relief, including dry needling, cupping therapy, and the Graston Technique®. With these emerging specialized treatments, you can experience enhanced mobility, lengthened results, and integrated benefits that ultimately lead to a better quality of life.

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a specialized technique in the world of chiropractic care and physical therapy that focuses on targeting defined trigger points within your muscular system. Through the use of solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, specifically designated trigger points are targeted to relieve muscle pain. Used as a common therapeutic method for people with myofascial pain syndrome and other muscle-related discomfort, dry needling stimulates the affected muscles in efforts to relieve tension at its root.
 
Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture in terms of the targeted points and purpose with needle placement, with a few key differences. In dry needling, affected muscles are defined and targeted based on physical therapy and chiropractic principles of the muscular system. In acupuncture, targeted points are related to ‘a-shi’ points in the body, and points along the meridian, which are based on traditional Chinese medicine. The key distinction between Dry Needling and Acupuncture is the targeted education behind it. Dry Needling is focused on the connection between trigger points and proven chiropractic techniques, requiring a degree of training, certification, and constant education. Here at ESP, we only believe in practicing emerging chiropractic techniques that have a solid physiological and orthopedic basis at its root. 
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cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is a specialized form of alternative treatment where vacuum cups are placed on the areas of the skin to create suction and release tension. Cupping therapy is typically performed to promote blood flow and relaxation, while reducing pain and inflammation. Vacuum cupping may seem like an emerging health trend, but its roots trace back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern practices. 
 
ESP Sports Medicine uses a contemporary vacuum cupping therapy technique, without fire, but rather a strong pull from a handheld pump or an electric vacuum machine.

Over the past 10 years, cupping therapy, and particularly vacuum cupping, which involves using a vacuum machine to create negative pressure, has become much more accepted and common as the research has supported the progressive, non-traditional benefits for the therapy. Dr. St. Pierre has used the practice in combination with Graston Technique® and Dry Needling extensively over his Olympic career to promote an accelerated healing reaction. Instead of waiting for you heal, we support the healing process and promote a change that we can work with. The cups are applied down onto your skin, creating a vacuum that suctions your skin and causes it to rise and swell. Left on for up to 3 minutes, the cups release tension in the skin by stimulating your blood vessels. Once removed, you may experience elevated relaxation, comfort, and mobility. This practice requires undivided focus, targeted training, and a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal system, which is why we only recommend receiving treatment by our professional team at ESP.  The ESP team is professionally trained in cupping therapy, with our physical therapists, sports medicine chiropractors, and massage therapists all regularly performing this treatment with delicacy and care. 

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Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® is a patented deep tissue treatment performed with the aid of a specialty instrument. Through the use of this instrument, tense tissue is precisely detected and treated with deep pressure and tactile focus. The use of the Graston Technique® enables our physical therapy and chiropractic team to fine-tune our treatments to specifically affected areas with unrivaled precision. 

 
The Graston Technique® is considered an intensive procedure, with deep tissue manipulation via specialized instruments. The instrument used is a flat stainless steel device that scrapes the outer layer of your skin to stimulate blood flow and release tension in muscle knots. This process requires unbreakable focus, targeted precision, and a delicate touch. In order to practice the Graston Technique®, practitioners must be officially certified by through defined training and evaluation. Dr. St. Pierre, the owner and founder of ESP, is a certified Graston Technique® professional, and has even trained others in his field as an official instructor. 

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE® (ART)

ART is a patented, state-of-the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Dr. St. Pierre, Dr. Finck, Dr. Koch, and the entire ESP team are always researching, testing, and developing new methods of chiropractic care. Beyond the above treatments, the ESP team offers additional alternative solutions that enhance mobility without requiring an invasive approach. If you’re curious about an emerging technique of chiropractic care, discuss your options with the ESP team. 

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